What is Considered Classic Australian Food?
Classic Australian food, apart from the homegrown kangaroo there must be others. Some are cliched, some are obvious, some may surprise. But Australia cuisine and its culinary history can lay claim to these Australian food items.
Some of the Australian food recipes in this article are the same food that the Aborigines of Australia have used for 50,000 to 60,000 years or more.
You will also find Australian recipes that were left from the original colonists from Britain along with the ones from the prison ships. You will also notice both Asian and Mediterranean flavors from the colonists from those areas.
The Aborigines were always hunters and gathers and lived with that mentality alone, never having much in the way of a cultivation attitude. They were always on the move and this did not fit into their nomadic lifestyle.
They used the food that was available to them naturally like native plants, snake, alligator, kangaroo, and smaller insects and grubs.
The arrival of the English brought about large scale changes with the introduction of cereal grains like wheat as well as cattle and sheep. While they became the staple food of the colonists the Aborigines continued their nomadic lifestyle and diet.
After World War II other ethnic foods and spices from Asia began to creep into their foods making it much tastier than the original recipes from England. Today you will find a varied group of food choices and we have tried to supply you with some of all of it with this group of recipes.
What is Australia Famous For?
Australia is globally famous for “The Bush” and “The Outback”, its natural wonders, wide-open spaces, beaches, and deserts. Australia is well known for its attractive mega cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.
What Are Some Australian Eating Habits?
Australians mostly eat three meals a day:
— Breakfast – eaten in the morning is either light and cold, as in cereal, toast, and coffee, or heavy and hot as in bacon, eggs, sausages, and fried tomato.
— Lunch – usually around 12 to 2pm is most commonly a light meal such as a salad or sandwich.
— Dinner – the larger meal of the day is eaten in the evening.
Australians love to eat outdoors. While meat is a core part of the Australian diet due to Australia’s strong agricultural economy, more and more vegetarian eating habits are becoming commonplace.
What is the Most Popular Traditional Australian Foods
Trying the local cuisine is a big part of any international holiday vacation. Whether you’re new to Australia, or you just want to expand your own culinary horizons, Australia has plenty of unique food options to suit all tastes. Note: Do not be put-off by the names.
Barbecued snags for example are just barbecued sausages. Aussies love to grill, and nothing is more important to a good ‘barbie’ than a great sausage. Traditional Australian sausages are usually pork or beef, but if you’re feeling adventurous, there are other animals to sample.
No matter what your tastes, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Australian cuisine even in your country.
Our 20 Favorite Aussie Recipes
1. Aussie Meat Pie – Australian Food
During footy matches, there are traditional foods. Like baseball and hotdogs, Australian footy gives us Aussie recipes for meat pies and sausage rolls and both are served with tomato sauce (ketchup). It’s a trick to eat a meat pie with one hand but most every Australian can do it without spilling one drop of gravy.
2. Baked Barramundi with Spicy Dressing – Australian Cuisine
3. Anzac Biscuits – Australian Food
This was a new one for me, and I got inspired. I found a traditional Anzac Biscuit recipe from the Australian Department of Veteran’s Affairs. After a quick search for treacle (aka golden syrup) at my local gourmet market, I was able to whip up a batch in half an hour.
4. Australian Christmas Fairy Bread – Australian Cuisine
Maybe it’s those memories of ‘100’s & 1000’s’ scattered among the shreds of wrapping paper on Christmas Morning. Or maybe it’s the sugar rush. To this day I’m still not sure if the frenzy was more for the presents or the Aussie recipes for Fairy Bread and candy canes.
5. Aussie Burger With the “Lot” – Australian Food
But, when we saw the list of toppings for this traditional Australian food with the works (also known as “the lot”). We stopped dead in our tracks. Be prepared for something different with this Aussie traditional burger.
Lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese. It sounds like a good standard so far.
Onions, bacon, and a chili mayo sauce. Bring it on.
Grilled pineapple. Sure, why not?
A runny fried egg. We’ve seen it done before. We’re still on board.
Pickled beets…. Sorry. You lost us.
6. Australian Damper Bread – Australian Cuisine
7. Aussie Steak Sandwich – Australian Food
In Australia, a steak sandwich is made much like a traditional Australian Hamburger with a piece of grilled steak or fried minute steak, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, tinned beetroot, and barbecue sauce or tomato sauce (tomato ketchup). After Cheese, all Aussie recipes must have a fried egg, fried bacon or grilled pineapple to be truly Aussie.
8. Bush Tomato (akudjura) Scones – Australian Cuisine
9. Traditional Australian Pie Floater – Australian Food
On a cold dreary London day, I found a charming little pub near the Natural History Museum to stop in to have a lazy lunch. I was after some comfort food, so I couldn’t think of anything more comforting than a meat pie served with mushy peas and gravy.
10. Australian Sausage Rolls – Australian Cuisine
11. Australian Rissole – Australian Food
They can be eaten as an appetizer served with tomato sauce (ketchup) but they’re most commonly eaten as a main meal served with mashed potato and vegetables. They’re also often covered in gravy but I like them just as much without gravy. You should always make more than you can eat, as they’re ridiculously good on sandwiches the next day. A rissole, cheese, tomato sauce sandwich is to die for!
12. Aussie Beef Tenderloin with Dairy-Free Horseradish Sauce – Australian Cuisine
13. BEST Traditional Mincemeat – Australian Food
And I say lost, not because it’s been erased completely, rather because mincemeat has changed so much, some of its most important elements having been left out, that it just barely resembles its original ancestor. Of the many traditional British dishes that have undergone some form of alteration over the years, mincemeat has probably changed the most. That is largely due to the common omission of mincemeat’s two key ingredients: Meat (traditionally beef or lamb) and suet. Try this traditional Aussie recipes mincemeat.
14. Aussie Easy Meatloaf – Australian Cuisine
15. Traditional Beef Casserole – Australian Food
16. Churrasco with Three Sauces – Australian Cuisine
17. Char-Grilled Kangaroo and Vegetables – Australian Food
18. Traditional Aussie Barbecue – Australian Cuisine
We invite friends and family to our homes or we go to theirs and we share some chops, steaks or sausages over a beer, wine or champagne every chance we get. This way of eating for us dates back to early white settlement as our weather definitely lends itself to outside eating. Our indigenous people have always cooked their food outside and that method has evolved to what it is today.
19. Australian Pepperberry Cured Tasmanian Steelhead – Australian Food
20. Aussie Beer Can Chicken – Australian Cuisine
21. Green Chicken Curry Pie – Classic Australian Food
Put a Thai chicken green curry inside a pie casing and you get the Australian variant of a green curry.
22. Char-Grilled Lime and Garlic Balmain Bug – Australian Cuisine
23. Double Cheese and Bacon Roll – Classic Australian Food
24. Chewy Tim Tam Brownies – Australian Cuisine
25. Vanilla Slice – Classic Australian Food
26. Vegemite on Toast – Australian Cuisine
For the ultimate Toast and Veggie experience you want to start with toast that’s nice and hot and straight from the toaster.
For those new to Vegemite it is best not to spread it thick like jam or peanut butter, it is far better to sample it (like a fine wine!) first with a light smearing of Vegemite.
27. Crocodile (2 Recipes for 1) – Classic Australian Food
1) The simple way to try crocodile meat is definitely steak. We recommend trying crocodile’s texture and its flavor first!
2) Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Deep fried crocodile is one of the popular recipes. It’s definitely an addictive meal once you try it!
28. Pea and Ham Soup – Australian Cuisine
Add sliced frankfurters or smoked sausage to make it even more hearty.
29. Salt and Pepper Calamari/Squid – Classic Australian Food
30. Aussie Chiko-Style Rolls – Australian Cuisine
31. Aussie Leg of Lamb – Classic Australian Food
Though its origins may be beyond Australian borders, Australians will proudly say only they know how to put on a good one.
32. Australian Dagwood Dogs – Australian Cuisine
33. Weet-Bix Squares – Classic Australian Food
Great for lunch boxes or visitors! It's an easy recipe that even the kids can help with.
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